52 Weeks to College: Week 22 — Prepare to Be Contacted

Once you have submitted your applications, be aware that admissions officers or others related to the college admissions process might actually contact you! Here are some good habits that will serve you well throughout the process (and beyond).

Week 22 To-Dos

Every Week

  • Check your email, voicemail, texts, and snail mail for any communications that relate to applying to college. Read them and take whatever action is necessary.
  • Update your parents about what you’re doing. This regular communication will work wonders in your relationship with your parents during this stress-filled year.  

This Week 

  • Finalize your 9th application.
  • Revise your 10th application.
  • Interview with colleges.

Tips & Tricks

1. Answer every call from an unidentified caller. When you do, use your professional-level manners. If you're in a place with a lot of noise in the background, let the call go to voicemail, and then call that person back as soon as you can have a quiet conversation.

2. Tweak your voicemail greeting. Make sure your voicemail greeting is G-rated, courteous, and appropriate for anyone (including admissions officers) to hear.

Not appropriate: "Hey, what's up, I'm busy playing Assassin's Creed, leave me your deets."

Appropriate: "Hi, you've reached Josh. Please leave me a message and I'll call you back."

3. Check your snail-mail, voicemail, and email regularly. And then respond. If you tell people that they can contact you through one of these methods, then you are making an implied commitment that if someone contacts you, you will respond. Promptly. It's best to respond within 24 hours, so that means checking and responding daily.

You can read more tips about things to do after you submit in chapter 22 of our book

About the Authors:

Alison Cooper Chisolm heads the college admissions consulting practice at Ivey Consulting. She came to private consulting after working in admissions for more than 10 years at three selective universities (Southern Methodist University, University of Chicago, and Dartmouth College).

Anna Ivey is the former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School and founded Ivey Consulting to help college, law school, and MBA applicants navigate the admissions process and make smart choices about higher education.

You can find more college admissions tips in their book How to Prepare a Standout College Application (Wiley 2013), and follow them on Twitter and Facebook

About the 52 Weeks to College Series:

52 Weeks to College is a week-by-week plan for applying to college. It breaks this complex and difficult project down into weekly to-do lists with supporting tips and tricks for getting it all done. Based on the Master Plan for applying to college found in our book, How to Prepare a Standout College Application52 Weeks to College is designed for any applicant who intends to apply to top U.S. colleges. For those of you who are just discovering the 52 Weeks series and want to catch up, click here.